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Pedigree | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale / Fuggles, Golding

Added by xlperro on 01-29-2002

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Photo of Ralphus
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pedigree from Marston's is labelled as an "Exceptional Premium Ale" but I wonder by whose standards? Certainly not ours. Today's sample was served in a 500ml bottle with a best before date some 10 months away.

It pours a brown coppery colour with golden hues. Little head and even less after a few minutes. Smellwise there's some grassy and floral notes mixed with earth. The taste as mentioned earlier is a little on the dull side. It's not that there isn't any taste.. some caramel, toffee and hops are here but it feels watered down and a little flat. Did someone turn down the volume?

You could do worse than Marston's pedigree for sure.. but if you are looking for something remarkable - keep clicking.

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Photo of Shadman
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer club selection for Sept...Marston's have been miss free so far.

Good looking ale, all that is missing in some good nitro cascading. Head was very thisk, very rich, color was clear cooper, and the lacing phenomenial.

Faint malt and some floral, herbal hop aromas. Pretty average stuff.

Thin and flavorless initially. Some roasted caramel taste with a hint of butterscotch, but this is quickly over taken by a strong hop bitterness.

Kinda thin to be honest. Very herbal/tea-like in it's dryness.

There are lot's of EPA's out there that can run laps around this one. Glad I tried one, but given the price of beer these days my money will be spent elsewhere

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Photo of charlatan
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bit of an old friend this one: widely available here in the UK, and one which has never let me down on draught. Indeed I was rather surprised to see that I hadn't already reviewed it.

This has a slightly reddish light copper colour, and comes out of the bottle (complete with freshness date) with a rather limited head. There is something metallic in the nose, but it is mostly sweet and citric, with raisins and lemon immediately springing to mind.

What hits immediately is the fairly strong carbonation. Then a very pleasant woody grain taste kicks in and finds me bizarrely thinking about old libraries before a sweet lemon finish which fulfils the promise of the nose.

There is no knockout punch here, but this is a solid allrounder, very much a superior session beer. I'm sure this won't be my last.

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Photo of elricorico
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper in colour with a thin off white head. Poor retention but a little bit of lacing.

Smells of bread, toffee and herbal hops. Even just a bit of mint to the aroma.

Thin flavoured up front, a bit of bready malt, but somewhat empty feeling. A fair amount of bitterness from the hops, but the finish is somewhat medicinal. Its a little lacking to my taste.

Light, but not quite watery with a fair amount of carbonation. Doesn't add much to the beer, but doesn't take away.

This one didn't impress too much. Flavour profile just didn't work for me.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really wish I could get a fresh bottle of this cause it seems to always have a skunky smell and taste. Pedigree pours with a white head that does not last long, good stickage. Has a clear golden color.

Smells of pale malts, fruits, typical English hops (that I do enjoy) and vegetables.

Well balanced and drinkable. Tastes of pale malts, good hop bitterness and a bit of skunk.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark red/brown with .5 inch off-white tightly bubbled head and minimal lace

s: caramel malts w/ light alcohol; pretty subtle

t: caramel malts with some nutiness; a little medicine flavor; a light hint of butter hops

m: smooth and creamy

d: ok but not something i would go out of my way to have again

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Photo of bobsy
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Village Idiot. Arrived at the table with a copper colour and a small off-white creamy head. Sweet malty aroma, with floral hops. In the taste the malt seems to come through as lightly fruity flavours with notes of honey and lightly floral hops. There's hardly any bitterness and the finish is a touch bland. Very smooth body with minimal carbonation. The whole thing is subdued enough to be suitable for sessioning, but I'd really be looking for something a bit better.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light gold, minmal soapy head that lasts for a while as a bubbly froth.
Smells of faint nut, a hint of corn, barley, and no hops.
The flavor is light and balanced, with minimal hops and a smooth, light malt profile. Slightly sweet finish combines with a hint of hop bitterness, but little hop flavor.
The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, clean, and slightly dry at the tail end.
An extremely drinkable ale, one I wouldn't mind quaffing a litre of every so often. Cheers!

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a traditional English bitter that I have drunk for decades albeit normally on draft. Dark amber with lively head. Malty caramel nose, while on the palate there is nuttiness and a touch of caramel. Reasonable body at this alcohol level, restrained hop. It's nicely balanced and drinkable even if it doesn't set the world on fire.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a beige head that is small in its short lifespan

S: Sweet roasted malts with floral hops

T: Balanced hops and malts like the aroma, not as complex as one would like but in proportion and enjoyable

M: Crisp medium bodied pale ale with a healthy amount of carbonation

D: Smooth enough to consume a few before calling it quits

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Photo of ojclark
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apple aroma, disappeared very quickly. Clear golden color with a frothy off-white head and very fine bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lace. Initial salty, apple/fruit flavor followed by a mellow spicy hop flavor and slight bitterness. Aftertaste a nice blend of fruit, spicy hops, bitterness. Medium/light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Subtle yet complex.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brilliant dark copper colour. Off-white, low head with impaired retention and almost no lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, earthly hops and flowery aroma.
Taste: sweet malts, herbal/earthly hops. Nice bitterness, almost tart.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, average alcoholic presence and a full body.
Finish: bitter lingering aftertaste.

Overall: very interesting and well balanced beer. Great bitterness presence. A must have.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy red-amber color with little to no head. After it has settled, there is a queer sentiment that settles on the bottom of the glass. The smell is strong of candied fruits, almost like a good quadrupel with heaps of sugar. The taste has a resemblance to apple juice, with the same carbonation as cider. Its very malty with not a hint of bitterness. There is a good aftertaste which lingers for a while, but better than that is the drinkability--this beer goes down easy and begs for another sip!

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden, slightly amber coloured beer poured with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Some slight caramel malt notes, honeyish, slightly floral.
T - Quite a sweet, light caramel and honey taste. The floral hops are present but quite hidden.
M - Medium bodied, quite low carbonation.
D - A pretty decent & tasty EPA at 4.5%. Not the most interesting around, just nice & well balanced.

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Photo of enki
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a surprisingly light coppery colour, with very little head, and a tiny bit of lace around the edges. Aroma was a typical EPA, with just a hint of somebody making toast in the background.

Taste was really surprising to me. It tasted like somebody watered down my Fullers ESB! Mouthfeel was thin too, adding to the effect. Carbonation was light. Oaky aftertaste.

Reasonably good beer. A lot better than a generic production beer, but not in the same caliber as a Fullers or Rogue.

I wonder if this beer is better on tap? I bet that a nitrogen charge would really aerate this beer and bring out the flavor.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this one in Ashford, Kent County, UK.

The pint arrived looking like clear, coppery water. The head was of big bubbles, but alas, it vanished in a flash. A smidgen of lace did remain.

The aroma was sulphur and cut grass. Both were very weak.

The mouthfeel was watery, with very little carbonation.

The taste was off watered-down bagged tea, distant smacks of honey, and a copper penny. Overall, it was like iced tea mixed half and half with tepid creek water. Not at all good. Locals told me it can be hit and miss on tap. Not a good sign.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had a Marston's Pedigree when I was over in England a few years back. I remember it being sharp to the tongue. This bottled version is much smoother and sweeter than I recall it being. There's a rich maltiness within the brown body that overrides any hoppy flavor. Good head on the pour. Very drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness.

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Photo of vancurly
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: Orange/amber. White head, sinks to a slick. No haze.
s: Spicy hop & toasty marmalade. Crystal malts, some skunky sulfur.
t: Non-descript...maybe some mineral/chalky notes, plus a standard malt profile that yields nothing notable.
m: Light, lacking body.
d: Not too flashy..

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting malty aroma. Sorry, cant be too descriptive because the aromas were kinda weak.

Looked alright. light amber/brown in colour. Little head, little lace.

Tasted good. Had a nutty flavour. Not very much hops to speak of at first, but finished with a little bit of bitterness. This might sound wierd but I tasted flavours butternut squash. Oak flavour is subtle.

Mouthfeel was ok. Body was on the lighter side.

Overall, it's ok. I could drink this again.

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Photo of scottoale
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a voluptuously shaped, 500ml. brown bottle pours a coppery amber liquid with some sediment and an off-white head of 1/2 inch. Although well carbonated, the head fizzles quickly and the lace slips back into the ale.

The smell is mild and sweet, some oak and a booze like aroma to it. No hops standing out too speak of.

A nice mild and sweet malty intro with notes of oak and vanilla that eventually fade to a nice bitter finish. Nicely balanced medium body with good flavor...this ale goes down effortlessly. Give it a go!

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle pour purchased at the local signature store.

I thought this beer would be a little darker, but it pours a little lighter than your average pale. A little cloudy, not sure why. The aroma has hints of whiskey and oak. For a low ABV beer(4.5%) this beer has a TONNE of flavour. Great stuff. I was surprised. It has a very oaky flavour as it "is still brewed in oak casks to preserve its unique character". Not as full flavoured as, say, Innis and Gunn Oak Aged ale, but then again, that is a 6.6% brew. The aftertaste is quite bitter with a definate whiskey taste. Mild carbonation. Becasue of the low ABV and strong flavour, this could definately be a good session beer.

Overall, I was very surprised with the fullness of this beer. I'll definitaley buy again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have visited the brewery this is produced at 4 times, the Burton Union Set (of fermenting barrels), used to make Pedigree is a joy to behold.

I have always (well for over 35 years) drank cask Pedigree, not religously, but on a regular basis. It is a classic English Pale Ale, listed in Roger Protz, 300 Beers to try before you Die, book.

The bottled version does not hold a candle to the cask product, so it is a pity most of you on this site will only ever see the bottle.

Amber in colour, no greta aroma, hops, fruits and malt combind to give off a English Ale smell. Bitter and satisfying with a lingering aftertaste of hops, but not overly strong, just pleasant.

The beer I reviewed was purchased in a Weatherspoon's pub in Birmingham, England on 13th Jan 2007.

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Photo of grub
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours a nice amber colour with a bit of pure white head. head drops quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is adjunct heavy dms. a little malt is noticeable behind that, but not much else.

taste is more of the same. even after warming to near room temperature it's not that great. the malt comes through a little more, bready. bit of bitterness. dominated by dms.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and nice carbonation level.

drinkability isn't that great. the aroma is kind of unpleasant, and the taste is fairly similar.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a smallish head.

S - Lemony, mineral aromas and raisiny floral notes.

T - Some toasted grain shows up early, followed by the lemon/citrus hops. Not an especially bitter brew, this one has a short-lived aftertaste. Both malt and hop flavour are very straightforward.

M - Medium bodied, a little dry with an astringent kick.

D - Decent, sessionable EPA.

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Photo of shamus
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace. The smell was a bit on the tinny side which reminded me of a macro brew more than anything.

It does have a bitter flavour and is very watery like many bitters I've had. it leaves a butterscotch aftertaste I find.

Fairly drinkable if you like bitterness but overall nothing remarkable here.

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Pedigree from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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